ST HELENS' new police chief Superintendent Tami Garvey-Jones says tackling burglaries, weapon possession and drug dealing will be among her key priorities in the coming months.

The superintendent took over the reins from Louise Harrison at the end of April. She takes charge in St Helens after serving more than 25 years with Merseyside Police in a number of roles, most recently as Chief Inspector in neighbouring Knowsley.

She said: "I am very happy to take over the role and I am passionate about caring for the community and working alongside our partners to deliver the best to the St Helens community.

"I have spent the past two weeks getting familiar with the issues affecting St Helens communities and I will work hard alongside the hardworking police officers here to make the place a safer place to live and work.

"What I would say is we need help from communities to help make that happen.

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"I fully support early intervention and prevention to reduce criminal exploitation, vulnerability and target key offenders, especially organised crime groups.

"I have also recently met with members of The Daniel Fox Foundation to discuss the issue of knife crime and how we can work together to educate young people against the dangers."

Superintendent Garvey-Jones is currently in place as the temporary Superintendent after former Superintendent Louise Harrison, who held the position for five years, stepped down to pursue a new role within the force.

The key issues she is looking to address in the borough, in relation to PCC priorities and community response is residential burglaries, anti social behaviour, concerns over scrambler bike use, drug dealing and the use and carrying of weapons.

She added: "I have every faith in the dedicated team of officers we have in the borough, who are passionate and dedicated to helping the St Helens community.

"I would like to assure communities across St Helens that we are here to help tackle crimes and make you feel secure and safer in your areas and by working alongside us you can ensure that those who commit crime or nuisance can be dealt with."